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Amnesty urges PA to drop charges against BDS activists
Published Tuesday 27/05/2014 (updated) 28/05/2014 21:57
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Amnesty International on Sunday urged the Palestinian Authority to drop criminal charges against four activists from the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement after security forces detained them in April.

PA security officers and men in civilian clothes attacked and arrested Zaid Shuaibi, Fajer Harb, Fadi Quran, and Abed al-Fatah Hamayel during a peaceful protest in Ramallah's al-Qasaba Theatre on April 12.

Zaid Shuaibi told Amnesty International that he and fellow activists entered the theater to protest against a show by a dance group which had performed in Israel the previous day.

Before the show began, Shuaibi stood and explained why they were against the show. Minutes later, he was surrounded by men dressed in civilian clothes who ordered him to leave the theater.

Not knowing who the men were , he refused, but then left willingly when asked to do so by a uniformed police officer. While leaving, one the of men in civilian clothes punched him in the back of the head and the police officer grabbed him by the neck in a violent manner.

According to Shuaibi, as soon as he was out of sight from the cameras and crowd, the men in civilian clothes and other police officers began to assault him.

Fajer Harb, Fadi Quran, and Abd al-Fatah Hamayel were arrested for protesting against the beating and all four men were taken to a police station.

They were denied lawyers and pressured to sign a statement for their release, which they refused. The four were charged with criminal offenses set out by Jordanian Penal Code No. 16 in 1960, including "disturbing the peace" and "disturbing public order," but were released, pending a court hearing scheduled for 28 May 2014.

"We urge the PA to drop the criminal charges against them and to ensure an independent and impartial investigation into their allegations of ill-treatment," Amnesty said.

"Furthermore, the reported treatment of the four men once in custody has undermined their right to a fair trial and raises concerns that they are being punished for their political protest. Amnesty International emphasizes that peaceful expression and protest must never be punished as criminal offenses and that imprisonment is always a disproportionate restriction on freedom of expression."
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1 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
27/05/2014 15:03
Amnesty now supports intimidation against legal and law abiding events, just because BDS people think they have some right to disrupt civil society? BDS people have the right to their opinion, but those who support dialog and cultural exchanges also have the right to expression and to hold their events. It is clear that BDS is now becoming the front for the suppression of free speech.

2 ) Hetty / the Netherlands
27/05/2014 17:13
@1: As long there is no justice done to the Palestinian people, you don't normalise relations with your occupier. No one would. They have a right to express their opinion.. to exercise their right for free speech. We would. We should. We will.

3 ) carlos / usa
27/05/2014 19:27
Brian Cohen advocates beating peaceful protesters who are cooperating with police. This agrees with israeli policy of shooting unarmed Palestinians who are not even protesting. Amnesty International is not the problem. The problem is israel and its goons in the PA. Murder and beatings are not the way to endear the population.

4 ) Peter Johnson / US
27/05/2014 23:57
I think all Brian Cohen does is read articles on Maan and gives his pathetic Zionist slant on everyone. Get a life Brian. Jerk.

5 ) Andy / UK
28/05/2014 00:22
No , what this shows is that the PA are part of the problem. The French had a name for people like this during the second world war....Quislings. Furthermore they do have a right to to condemn and try to isolate any group or organisation that perform in the criminal state of Israel. The truth is that you and your ilk are terrified of the BDS movement (rightly so) and the momentum that is building with it. If only Palestinians had to suffer a little 'disruption'.

6 ) Mel / USA
28/05/2014 01:49
Abbas must decide where his soul lays?With the Zionist/Israeli occupation extremists who've committed 70 yrs of war crimes against Palestinians,their heritage &mutlicultural dignity,since pre-1947 & still terrorize/persecute MILLIONS of non-Jews,massacre(at whim)THOUSANDS more who refuse rightfully to submit.Or will he cast off his occupation shackle & remember who&where he is! Israel's NEVER intented honest dialogue,for mutual LEGAL peace.No POW violin players,forJudeoNazi's.BDS all the way!

7 ) Mel / USA
28/05/2014 01:55
Cont: And that BDS includes sanctioning Israel by blocking our US taxes,FMF,interest-free loans,stipends,loan guarantees etc etc .Sending Zionist-Israel our tax dollars is like Americans funding NAZI DEATH CAMPS,AQ in Syria Papa Doc in Haiti! It's totally UNAMERICAN,pro-Jim Crowe,pre-Civil Rights,at grassroots US values & principles,if not on Capital Hill! We can't have it both ways Obama!

8 ) Rami / Palestine
28/05/2014 08:26
#1 You know who you sound like? The Nazis. I bet there's an SS uniform in your closet. Go on, admit it.

9 ) Arnold / Canada
28/05/2014 18:38
Mel / USA- BDS Not exactly taking hold is it Mel.

10 ) Anonymous / EU
28/05/2014 22:19
The PA should be happy they have Palestinian activists such as these, who support BDS & protest in a peaceful manner. What has occurred is wrong. The charges should be dropped, and an apology issued to those concerned. Heavy handed tactics by the security forces don't help matters, ease up on the mistreatment guys, these are your own people you are mishandling.
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